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newtown and you said you hoped to get the nra on board for the effort of trying to come up with a solution. we know that vice president biden is going to talk about universal background checks. we know he's going to talk about some kind of limits on high-capacity gun magazines. how far are you prepared to go and can you bring the nra along? >> george, basically we have a cultural -- we have to change the culture of mass violence we have. if you think it's only about guns and that would change the culture, you'd be wrong. if you think it's only about the lack of mental illness coverage that we give and -- you'd be wrong there, and if you think it's only about the media with the video games, it takes an all-in approach. i have linked up with and i will be with john mccain introducing a bill that joe lieberman, our dear friend, has been championing for a long time putting a commission about mass violence together and bring experts from all different fields and you bring people such as myself that are nra members that have been sportsmen all our lives and look for a commonsense approach to how
, but he did not move the country which is what he's trying to do with the nra. obama's approval rating 52%, the nra's approval rating 54%. >> republicans in congress is 17%. >> since gun control came back to the top of the agenda, the nra has acquired 250,000 new members, so we're going to find out. you saw by putting up the statements by some of the democratic senators that there's a resistance in the democratic caucus because they have six seats up next time. >> all of those senators, i showed. >> in states where mr. obama got less than 42% of the votes, the republicans need to control the senate six seats. >> so how hard does he push this, cokie? >> i think he pushes parts of it. the assault weapons ban is obviously a huge problem and that's what most people are pushing back against. although it is interesting with the increased number of women in congress that it might have a better shot than 1994, 29% of republican men voted for the assault weapons ban and almost 70% of republican women. so you could see a difference because of that. but i think that background checks, waiting period
this debt and get things moving again. >> senator heitkamp, you are a proud nra member in the state of north dakota. are you willing to sign on to some of the reforms that vice president biden and president obama are already talking about? >> you know, it's unclear. i mean you read "washington post" stories, and you listen to what the administration says, and so i think what we need to do is we need to take a look at what happened at sandy hook. when i was attorney general, i was tasked with a national task force on school violence. we made a number of recommendations which, in fact, were adopted at sandy hook to help keep schools safer. they weren't adequate. let's start addressing the problem, and to me one of the issues i think screams out of this is the issue of mental health and the care for the mentally ill in our country, especially the dangerously mentally ill. we need to have a broad discussion -- >> the white house is talking about that but are you willing to talk about gun control, as well? >> well, i think you need to put everything on the table, but what i hear from the administ
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